Today in History - May 6

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523        May 6, Thrasamunde, king of Vandals (496-523), died.
    (MC, 5/6/02)(

973        May 6, Henry II, German King (1002) and Holy Roman Emperor (1014-1024), was born.
    (HN, 5/6/98)(MC, 5/6/02)

988        May 6, Dirk II, West Frisian count of Holland, died.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1124        May 6, Balak, Emir of Aleppo (Syria), was murdered.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1527        May 6, German and Spanish troops under Charles V began sacking Rome, bringing about the end of the Renaissance. Libraries were destroyed,  Pope Clement VII was captured and thousands were killed. 147 of 189 of the Pope’s Swiss guard were killed.
    (HN, 5/6/02)(PCh, 1992, p.174)(WSJ, 4/14/06, p.W5)

1529        May 6, Babur defeated the Afghan Chiefs in the Battle of Ghagra, India.
    (HN, 5/6/98)

1536        May 6, King Henry VIII ordered a bible placed in every church.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1576        May 6, The peace treaty of Chastenoy ended the fifth war of religion.
    (HN, 5/6/98)
1576        The Fifth War of Religion in France ended with the Peace of Monsieur. The Huguenots were granted freedom of worship in all places except Paris.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.22)

1581        May 6, Frans Francken, the Younger, painter, was born.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1606        May 6, Lorenzo Lippi, [Perlone Zipoli], poet, painter, was born.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1638        May 6, Cornelius Jansen, theologian (Jansenism), died.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1642        May 6, Frans Francken, the Younger, Flemish painter, died on 61st birthday.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1648        May 6, Battle at Zolty Wody-Bohdan: Chmielricki's Cossacks beat John II Casimir.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1667        May 6-7, Johann Jakob Froberger (b.1616), German organist, singer, composer, died.
    (MC, 5/6/02)(MC, 5/7/02)

1682        May 6, King Louis XIV moved his court to Versailles, France.
    (HN, 5/6/98)

1733        May 6, 1st international boxing match: Bob Whittaker beat Tito di Carni.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1740        May 6, John Penn, signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born.
    (HN, 5/6/98)

1753        May 6, French King Louis XV observed a transit of Mercury at Mendon Castle.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1757        May 6, Battle at Prague: Frederik II of Prussia beat emperor's army.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1758        May 6, Maximilien F.M.I. de Robespierre (d.1794), a leader of the French Revolution, was born. He was known as the "Sea-Green Incorruptible" from his sallow complexion. He decreed death for all those he considered enemies of the revolution.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.231)(HN, 5/6/99)(SSFC, 10/28/01, p.C5)

1794        May 6, In Haiti Toussaint Louverture (L’Ouverture), Haitian rebel leader, ended his alliance with the Iberian monarchy and embraced the French Republicans. An order followed that led to the massacre of Spaniards.
    (, 1/19/07, p.W4)
1794        May 6, Jean-Jacques Beauvarget-Charpentier (59), composer, died.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1795        May 6, Dr. Pierre-Joseph Dessault visited the incarcerated 10-year-old dauphin, the heir to the French throne. He found the dying child in abject misery. The boy died June 8.
    (WSJ, 10/18/02, p.W9)

1801        May 6, British Lt. Thomas Cochrane, commander of the 14-gun sloop HMS Speedy, engaged and captured the 32-gun Spanish frigate El Gamo. The climactic battle in Patrick O’Brian’s novel “Master and Commander" is based on the Speedy’s fight with El Gamo. Cochrane was later elected to Parliament, pointed out corruption and was arrested on trumped up charges. After that he served as the first commander of Chile’s navy, then Brazil’s navy and the Greek navy before returning to England. In 2000 Robert Harvey authored “Cochrane: The Life and Exploits of a Fighting Captain."
    (ON, 11/04, p.1)

1806        May 6, Chapin Aaron Harris, founder of the America Society of Dental Surgeons, was born.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1814        May 6, Wilhelm Ernst, violinist, composer, was born.
    (MC, 5/6/02)
1814        May 6, George Joseph Vogler (64), composer, died.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1833        May 6, John Deere made his 1st steel plow.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1835        May 6, The 1st edition of NY Herald was priced at 1 cent. The Herald specialized in crime with an emphasis on murder. James Gordon Bennett was the Scottish-born steward of the Herald. Within a few years of the 1936 Jewett murder case, a coalition of clergymen, financiers and rival editors waged a “Moral War" against Bennett and his newspaper
    (SFEM, 11/8/98, p.12)(SFEM, 8/6/00, p.45)(MC, 5/6/02)

1836        May 6, Christian Ignatius Latrobe (78), composer, died.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1840        May 6, Frederick William Stowe, was born He was the son of the famous Harriet Beecher Stowe and fighter in the Civil War for the Union.
    (HN, 5/6/99)

1849        May 6, Wyatt Eaton, artist, was born.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1851        May 6, Dr. John Gorrie patented a "refrigeration machine."
    (MC, 5/6/02)
1851        May 6, Linus Yale patented his Yale lock.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1853        May 6, The 1st major US rail disaster killed 46 at Norwalk, Connecticut.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1856        May 6, Robert Peary, arctic explorer,  was born. He reached the North Pole in 1909. [see 1909 &1856-1920, Peary]
    (HFA, '96, p.30)(AHD, p.964) (HN, 5/6/98)
1856        May 6, Sigmund Freud (d.1939), father of psychology and the Viennese physician who discovered the unconscious, was born. He treated his hysterical patients by encouraging them to associate freely. He insisted that sexual desires and fears lay just beneath the surface of everyone’s  mind. A biography of Freud was later written by Peter Gay.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.281-282)(SFEC, 1/11/98, BR p.9)(HN, 5/6/98)
1856        May 6, U.S. Army troops from Fort Tejon and Fort Miller prepared to ride out to protect Keyesville, California, from Yokut Indian attack.
    (HN, 5/6/00)

1859        May 6, Baron Freidrich von Humboldt (b.1769), German naturalist and explorer who made the first isothermic and isobaric maps, died.

1861        May 6, Jefferson Davis approved a bill declaring War between US and Confederacy.
    (MC, 5/6/02)
1861        May 6, Arkansas and Tennessee becomes 9th & 10th state to secede from US. [see Jun 8]
    (AP, 5/6/97)(HN, 5/6/98)(MC, 5/6/02)

1862        May 6, Henry David Thoreau (44), American writer, died of tuberculosis. In 1999 his unfinished manuscript "Wild Fruits," a catalog of his observations on local plants and fruits, was published.
    (WP, 1952, p.42)(SFC, 9/7/99, p.A3)(HN, 5/6/01)

1864        May 6, In the second day of the Battle of Wilderness between Union General Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Confederate Gen. James Longstreet (d.1903) was wounded by his own men.
    (HN, 5/6/99)(MC, 5/6/02)
1864        May 6, General Sherman began to advance on Atlanta.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1868        May 6, Gaston Leroux, French novelist (The Phantom of the Opera), was born.
    (HN, 5/6/01)

1877        May 6, Chief Crazy Horse surrendered to U.S. troops in Nebraska. Crazy Horse brought General Custer to his end.
    (HN, 5/6/99)

1882        May 6, Over President Arthur’s veto, Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which barred Chinese immigrants from the United States for 10 years. It was amended and passed by Congress on August 3 and was signed by Pres. Arthur. Renewals and amendments continued to 1904. The laws were repealed in 1943. In 2011 the US Senate passed a resolution expressing regret for the act.
    (AP, 5/6/97)(, 10/11/11, p.C1)

1884        May 6, Buck Grant told his father, former Pres. Ulysses S. Grant, that a loan to Ferdinand Ward had gone bad and that Ward had absconded with the money. The Grants were wiped out, as were other trusting investors, including friends and family of the Grants. Ward’s Ponzi scheme led to the collapse of major financial institutions on Wall Street and around the country. In 2012 Geoffrey C. Ward, the grandson of Ferdinand Ward, authored “A Disposition to Be Rich: How a Small-Town Pastor’s Son Ruined an American President, Brought on a Wall Street Crash, and Made Himself the Best-Hated man in the United States.
    (, 5/21/12, p.E3)

1888        May 6, Russell Stover, candy manufacturer, was born.
    (HN, 5/6/01)

1889        May 6, The Paris Exposition formally opened, featuring the just-completed Eiffel Tower.
    (AP, 5/6/97)

1895        May 6, Rudolph Valentino, legendary silent-screen star, was born in Castellaneta, Italy.
    (AP, 5/6/97)

1896        May 6, Samuel P. Langley (1834-1906), American physicist and aviation pioneer, launched the first reasonably large, steam-powered model aircraft.
    (NPub, 2002, p.5)(

1898        May 6, Daniel Gerber, baby food pioneer, was born in Freemont, Mich.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1902        May 6, Harry Golden, Jewish humorist, writer (2 Cents Plain, Only in America), was born.
    (MC, 5/6/02)
1902        May 6, Max Ophuls (d.1957), film director (La Ronde, Lola Montes), was born in the Rhine Valley of Jewish parents. He made films in Germany, France, Netherlands and the US.
    (SFEC, 9/5/99, DB p.50)(HN, 5/6/01)
1902        May 6, Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place."
    (MC, 5/6/02)
1902        May 6, British SS Camorta sank off Rangoon and 739 died.
    (MC, 5/6/02)
1902        May 6, There was a Zulu assault at Holkrantz, South-Africa.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1907        May 6, San Francisco streetcar workers of the Carmen’s Union went on strike after owner Patrick Calhoun refused to accept a $3 per 8-hour day wage. Calhoun hired James Farley to break the union.
    (SFC, 9/13/02, p.D9)

1908        May 6, The Great White Fleet, sent by Pres. Roosevelt on an around-the-world voyage, arrived in SF. The fleet left San Francisco on July 7.
    (SFC, 5/6/08, p.B3)

1910        May 6, Edward VII (68), Britain's King (1901-1910), died and George V ascended to the British throne.
    (AP, 5/6/97)(MC, 5/6/02)

1913        May 6, Stewart Granger, [James Stewart], actor (Prisoner of Zenda, Scaramouche), was born in London.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1914        May 6, British House of Lords rejected women suffrage.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1915        May 6, Orson Welles (d.1985), actor, director, and writer, was born in Kenosha, Wisc. He is famous for his movie Citizen Kane (1941).
    (HN, 5/6/99)(
1915        May 6, Theodore H. White, historian, writer (Making of President), was born.
    (MC, 5/6/02)
1915        May 6, Babe Ruth (20), pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, hit his 1st HR. The Red Sox lost to the Yanks 4-3 in 13 innings.
1915        May 6, German U-20 sank Centurion SE of Ireland.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1919        May 6, Paris Peace Conference disposed of German colonies; German East Africa was assigned to Britain & France, German SW Africa to South Africa.
    (MC, 5/6/02)
1919        May 6, Frank Lyman Baum (62), author (Wizard of Oz), died.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1926        May 6, Marguerite Piazza, operatic soprano (Young Broadway), was born in New Orleans, LA.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1931        May 6, Willie Mays, the 'Say hey ' kid who played baseball for the New York Giants, was born. He made a great outfield catch in the 1954 World Series.
    (HN, 5/6/99)

1935        May 6, The Works Progress Administration began operating.
    (AP, 5/6/97)
1935        May 6, British King George & Queen Mary celebrated their silver jubilee.
    (MC, 5/6/02)
1936        May 6, The Hindenburg airship departed Germany and on the 9th on May, it arrived at Lakehurst, N.J., having completed the first scheduled transatlantic dirigible flight.

1937        May 6, At 7:25 p.m. the giant German airship (dirigible or zeppelin) Hindenburg burst into flames and crashed to the ground as it attempted to dock with a mooring mast at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey. Carrying 36 passengers and 61 crew, Hindenburg left Frankfurt on May 4 for its first transatlantic voyage of the 1937 season. A total of 36 died when the fire ignited the 16 hydrogen-filled cells and destroyed the zeppelin in only 34 seconds. This included 13 passengers, 22 crew members and one of the ground crew. The airship was 803 feet long and had private rooms for 50 passengers. It had an 11,000 mile range. A newsreel film of the Hindenburg Disaster was made. The true cause of the disaster remains a mystery, although crash investigators considered claims that Hindenburg was lost due to sabotage or an accidental charge of static electricity.
     (Hem., 1/96, p.108)(AP, 5/6/97)(SFC,11/21/97, p.C17)(ON, 8/12, p.11)

1938        May 6, Dutch writer Maurits Dekker was sentenced to 50 days for "offending a friendly head of state" (Hitler).
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1939        May 6, 1st performance of Honegger and Claudel's "Jeanne d'Arc at the Stake."
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1940        May 6, A Pulitzer prize was awarded to John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath).
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1941        May 6, Ghena Dimitrova, soprano (Nabucco), was born.
    (MC, 5/6/02)
1941        May 6, Bob Hope (b. May 29, 1903) began broadcasting his first USO radio show from March Field at Riverside, Ca. The United Service Organizations (USO) began operations this year and provided free coffee, donuts, and entertainment to US military forces. The organization is supported entirely by private citizens and corporations.
    (SFC, 5/28/97, p.D5)(HN, 5/6/98)(SFEC, 9/8/96, Par p.8)
1941        May 6, Dictator Josef Stalin assumed the Soviet premiership, replacing Vyacheslav M. Molotov.
    (AP, 5/6/97)

1942        May 6, Ariel Dorfman, Chilean writer (Death and the Maiden), was born.
    (HN, 5/6/01)
1942        May 6, On Corregidor US Gen’l. Jonathan Wainwright surrendered his forces, some 15,000 Americans and Filipinos, to the Japanese. This began a 3-year ordeal for 4 doctors as POWs under the Japanese. In 2005 John A. Glusman authored “Conduct Under Fire," and account of their survival as POWs.
    (AP, 5/6/97)(SSFC, 7/10/05, p.E4)(

1943        May 6, British 1st army opened an assault on Tunis.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1944        May 6, The Red Army besieged and captured Sevastopol in the Crimea.
    (HN, 5/6/99)

1945        May 6, Bob Seger, folk singer (Silver Bullet Band-Shake Down), was born in Dearborn, Mich.
    (MC, 5/6/02)
1945        May 6, Axis Sally made her final propaganda broadcast to Allied troops.
    (HN, 5/6/99)

1946        May 6, A Pulitzer prize was awarded to Arthur M. Schlesinger ("Age of Jackson").
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1948        May 6, 43 communist rebels were executed in Athens.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1949        May 6, P.M.B. Maurice Maeterlinck (b.1862), Belgian philosopher, playwright (Grand Fairie) and essayist, died in Nice, France. He won the 1911 Nobel Prize in Literature.
    (WUD, 1994, p.861)(

1950        May 6, Liz Taylor wed Conrad Hilton Jr. in her first marriage.
1950        May 6, Agnes Smedley, American journalist and writer, died. She was best known for her chronicling of the Chinese revolution.

1952        May 6, Maria Montessori (b.1870), Italian physician, educationist, died In Holland. She opened her 1st school in San Lorenzo, Italy, in 1907.
    (, 1/6/07, p.B1)

1954        May 6, Medical student Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile during a track meet in Oxford, England, finishing in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds.
    (AP, 5/6/97)

1955        May 6, West Germany joined NATO.
    (WSJ, 10/8/01, p.A14)(MC, 5/6/02)

1957        May 6, Eugene O'Neill's play "Long Day's Journey into Night" won the Pulitzer Prize for drama; John F. Kennedy's "Profiles in Courage" won the Pulitzer for biography or autobiography.
    (AP, 5/6/07)
1957        May 6, Last broadcast of "I Love Lucy" on CBS-TV. [see Jun 24]
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1959        May 6, Iceland gunboats shot at British fishing ships.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1960        May 6, President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960.
    (HN, 5/6/98)
1960        May 6, Britain's Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong-Jones (Lord Snowdon), a commoner, at Westminster Abbey. They divorced in 1978.
    (AP, 5/6/97)
1960        May 6, Jacques Mornard (Ram¢n Mercader), Trotsky's murderer, was freed in Mexico.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1961        May 6, George Clooney, actor (Dr Douglas Ross-ER, Batman), was born in Lexington, KY.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1962        May 6, In the first test of its kind, the submerged submarine USS Ethan Allen fired a Polaris missile armed with a nuclear warhead that detonated above the Pacific Ocean.
    (AP, 5/6/97)(HN, 5/6/98)
1962        May 6, Pathet Lao broke cease fire and conquered Nam Tha Laos.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1963        May 6, A Pulitzer prize was awarded to Barbara Tuchman (Guns of August).
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1964        May 6, Joe Orton's "Entertaining Mr. Sloan," premiered in London. [see Apr 18]
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1967        May 6, 400 students seized the administration building at Cheyney State College, Pa.
    (MC, 5/6/02)
1967        May 6, The body of Keith Lyon (12) of Brighton, England, was found clad in his school uniform on a grass bank near a rural bridle path between the nearby villages of Ovingdean and Woodingdean, about 56 miles south of London. He had left home to buy a geometry set and never returned. Lyon had been stabbed 11 times in the chest, back and abdomen with a serrated kitchen knife. In 2006 2 suspects were arrested.
    (AP, 8/1/06)

1968        May 6, Astronaut Neil Armstrong was nearly killed in a lunar module trainer accident.
    (HNQ, 7/20/99)
1968        May 6, In Paris violent fighting took place in the morning and then from 2 p.m. in the afternoon to 1 a.m. the next morning on the Boulevard Saint-Michel and Saint-Germain. Close to 600 students and police were wounded. Student strikes spread to the provinces.

1970        May 6, Yuichiro Miura (b.1932) of Japan skied down Mt. Everest.

1974        May 6, Bundy victim Roberta Parks disappeared from OSU, Corvallis, Ore.

1975        May 6,  In hockey the Philadelphia Flyers won the semifinal series over Boston 4 games to 1. On May 16  the Montreal Canadiens won the finals in 4 games.
1975        May 6, Bundy victim Lynette Culver disappeared from Pocatello, Idaho.
1975        May 6, A tornado swept through Omaha, Nebraska, along 72nd St. the site of many motels on a weekday noon,. All sorts of folks had to explain just how they wound up in a state of dishabille in a roofless motel room.
    (Nat. Hist., 3/96, p.65)(
1975        May 6, Jozsef Mindszenty (83), [Joseph Prehm], Hungarian cardinal, died.

1976        May 6, An earthquake struck Italy’s northern region at Friuli-Venezia Giulia, affecting 11 villages near the Austrian and Yugoslav borders. The earthquake killed more than 1,000 people in a 3,300-square-mile area and left 80,000 homeless.
    (, 12/17/05, p.F1)

1978        May 6, On this day at 12:34, the numbers 12345678 represented the time and day: 12:34 5/6/78. The next such sequence will occur in 2078.
    (SFC, 7/14/96, A1 p.2)

1980        May 6, Stanford Linear Accelerator officials announced a successful collision of matter and antimatter in their new $78 million accelerator.
    (SFC, 5/6/05, p.F2)

1981        May 6, Yale architecture student Maya Ying Lin was named winner of a competition to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
    (AP, 5/6/97)
1981        May 6, The US expelled Libyan diplomats.

1987        May 6, Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart held a news conference in Hanover, N.H., in which he denied ever having an affair with Miami model Donna Rice, but declined to say whether he'd ever committed adultery. Washington Post reporter Paul Taylor asked him: "Have you ever committed adultery?"
    (AP, 5/6/97)(SFC, 4/14/99, p.A1)
1987        May 6, PTL's Jim Bakker and Rich Dortch were dismissed from Assemblies of God.
1987        May 6, William J. Casey, CIA Director (1981-1987), died at age 74.
    (AP, 5/6/97)
1987        May 6, A London building that housed the congress of South African Trade Unions was bombed under orders of the apartheid government of South Africa.
    (SFC, 9/18/96, p.A11)

1988        May 6, In his first comment on the matter, President Reagan said he didn't "look kindly" on reports that a memoir by former chief of staff Donald Regan painted an unflattering portrait of first lady Nancy Reagan.
    (AP, 5/6/98)

1989        May 6, Sunday Silence scored an upset victory over Easy Goer in the 115th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
    (AP, 5/6/99)

1990        May 6, Freed American hostage Frank Reed said at a news conference in Arlington, Va., that he had been savagely beaten by his captors in Lebanon after two unsuccessful escape attempts.
    (AP, 5/6/00)
1990        May 6, Former president P.W. Botha quit South Africa's ruling National Party as a protest against the apartheid reform program of his successor F.W. de Klerk.

1991        May 6, President Bush returned to work after spending two nights at Bethesda Naval Hospital because of an irregular heartbeat; he met at the White House with Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze.
    (AP, 5/6/01)
1991        May 6, US Steel was removed as a component of the Dow Jones.
    (WSJ, 5/28/96, p. R46)
1991        May 6, Wilfrid Hyde-White (87), British actor (Peyton Place/140+ films), died.

1992        May 6, Former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev delivered a speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., where Winston Churchill had spoken of the Iron Curtain; Gorbachev said the world was still divided, between north and south and rich and poor.
    (AP, 5/6/97)
1992        May 6, Actress Marlene Dietrich (b.1901), film star and singer, died at her Paris home at age 90. She was buried in Germany on May 16.
    (SFC, 5/8/96, p.D-2)(AP, 5/16/97)

1993        May 6, The space shuttle "Columbia" landed safely in California after a 10-day mission.
    (AP, 5/6/98)
1993        May 6, The Bosnian Serb parliament, for the third time, rejected a U.N. peace plan for Bosnia-Herzegovina. The president of Serbia, Slobodan Milosevic, ordered a blockade of all supplies, except food and medicine, to the Bosnian Serbs.
    (AP, 5/6/98)

1994        May 6, Paula Jones filed a complaint of sexual harassment in US District Court in Little Rock, Ark. against Pres. Bill Clinton. According to Jones, on May 8, 1991 at the Third Annual Governor’s Quality Management Conference in Little Rock, Ark., Gov. Bill Clinton invited Ms. Jones, a state employee working at the registration desk,  to a private meeting and exposed his desire for her. Jones reached a settlement with Clinton in November 1998.
    (WSJ, 6/26/96, p.A18)(AP, 5/6/04)
1994        May 6, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and French President Francois Mitterrand formally opened the Channel Tunnel between their countries.
    (AP, 5/6/04)
1994        May 6, Nelson Mandela and his ANC finally were confirmed winners in South Africa.

1995        May 6, Long-shot Thunder Gulch, ridden by Gary Stevens, won the 121st Kentucky Derby.
    (AP, 5/6/00)(WSJ, 5/5/97, p.A16)
1995        May 6, Friends and relatives of the Oklahoma City bombing victims made a pilgrimage to the site of the attack.
    (AP, 5/6/00)
1995        May 6, In London, thousands of World War II veterans celebrated the 50th anniversary of V-E Day.
    (AP, 5/6/00)

1996        May 6, All the nearly 16,000 public companies nationwide were required to file their financial reports electronically with the SEC. All info will go into EDGAR, the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system. The home page of the SEC is:
    (SJBJ, 5/13/96, p. 7)
1996        May 6, The body of former CIA director William E. Colby was found on a riverbank near his southern Maryland vacation home, eight days after he'd disappeared.
    (AP, 5/6/97)
1996        May 6, Walter Petryshyn, a Rutgers Univ. mathematics professor, author of “Generalized Topological Degree and Semilinear Equations," smashed his wife’s skull with 30 blows from a claw hammer in North Brunswick, New Jersey. He had become depressed and paranoid over an error in his book.
    (SFC, 5/8/96, p.A-10)

1997        May 6, The New York Drama Critics’ Circle picked “How I Learned to Drive" as the best play for the ‘96-’97 season. “Violet" was selected as the best musical, and “Skylight" by David Hare was the best foreign play.
    (SFC, 5/8/97, p.A20)
1997        May 6, World chess champion Garry Kasparov and IBM's Deep Blue computer played to a draw in game three of their six-game match.
    (AP, 5/6/98)
1997        May 6, Pres. Clinton made a state visit to Mexico and spent some time meeting with the leaders of Mexico’s main opposition parties. Clinton and Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo pledged closer cooperation on immigration and drug smuggling.
    (SFC, 5/7/97, p.c3) (AP, 5/6/98)
1997        May 6, Sergeant Delmar Simpson received a 25 year sentence for raping 6 female trainees at the Aberdeen, Md., Proving Ground Army base.
    (SFC, 5/7/97, p.A3)(AP, 5/6/98)
1997        May 6, A car bomb in Algiers killed 4 students and injured 25 people.
    (SFC, 5/7/97, p.C3)
1997        May 6, British PM Tony Blair, on the first full working day of the new Labor government, gave the Bank of England the right to set interest rates. Labor had won power pledging that it would by the party of welfare reform. The party had campaigned on the anthem “Things can only get better." In October the Bank of England lost its supervisory powers over banks to the new Financial Services Authority.
    (SFC, 5/7/97, p.C2)(Econ, 3/25/06, p.63)(Econ, 3/10/07, p.52)(Econ, 6/14/08, p.70)(Econ, 5/1/10, p.27)
1997        May 6, It was reported that Syrian missiles were tipped with VX, a lethal chemical that kills on contact with the skin. The Syrian chemical weapons program was assisted by Anatoly Kuntsevich, former head of the Russian Army’s Chemical Troops. The existing stockpile of Sarin, the nerve gas used by the terrorists in Tokyo, was hoped to be upgraded to VX.
    (WSJ, 5/6/97, p.A22)
1997        May 6, In Zaire Pres. Mobutu Sese Seko left Zaire for a 3-day visit to Gabon. He was not expected to return.
    (SFC, 5/7/97, p.C2)

1998        May 6, Rep. Dan Burton, chairman of the House fund-raising inquiry, apologized to GOP colleagues for the furor over his release of selected portions of tapes of Webster Hubbell's prison conversations; Burton's top investigator departed, ordered fired by House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
    (AP, 5/6/99)
1998        May 6, Jurgen Schrempp of Daimler Benz and Robert Eaton of Chrysler announced in London that the German auto company will purchase Chrysler in a $38 billion merger. The takeover was later documented by Bill Vlasic and Bradley A. Stertz in their book “Taken for a Ride: How Daimler-Benz Drove Off with Chrysler."
    (WSJ, 5/8/98, p.W1)(WSJ, 6/12/00, p.A28)
1998        May 6, Astronomers announced the detection of a gamma ray burst in a galaxy 12 billion light years away that was equal to the energy expended by the sun in a trillion years.
    (AP, 5/6/99)
1998        May 6, In Bosnia 5 key Karadzic holdovers were arrested or suspended for political and economic illegal acts.
    (SFC, 5/27/98, p.A10)
1998        May 6, The Danish government intervened to end a ten day strike by 500,000 workers. It was planned to make strikes illegal until March, 2000, and offered 2 extra vacation days and an additional 3 days of family leave for working parents with children under 14.
    (WSJ, 5/7/98, p.A16)
1998        May 6, There was a border skirmish between Ethiopia and Eritrea over the 150-square-mile area called the Badme triangle.
    (SFC, 1/30/99, p.A12)
1998        May 6, In Peru a Boeing 737, chartered by Occidental Petroleum from the Peruvian air force, crashed in the Amazon jungle. At least 13 of 87 people survived the crash.
    (WSJ, 5/7/98, p.A1)
1998        May 6, In Serbia fighting in Kosovo continued. A Serb policeman and an ethnic Albanian separatist were killed. The bodies of 2 Albanians who backed Serb rule were pulled from a river and a local politician died in a third attack.
    (WSJ, 5/7/98, p.A1)

1999        May 6, President Clinton met with Kosovo refugees in Germany, listening to accounts of murder, rape and terror and promising them, "You will go home again in safety and in freedom."
    (AP, 5/6/00)
1999        May 6, The Clinton administration suspended the sale of handguns to Venezuelan companies because of concerns that the guns were ending up in the hands of narcotics gangs and guerrilla groups in Colombia.
    (SFC, 5/7/99, p.D3)
1999        May 6, The US House of Rep. approved a $13.1 billion emergency spending bill to pay for the air war in Yugoslavia.
    (SFC, 5/7/99, p.A3)
1999        May 6, A US appeals court ruled that government restrictions on the export of encryption software violated free speech.
    (WSJ, 5/7/99, p.A1)
1999        May 6, Bristol-Myers announced a plan to spend $100 million over the next 5 years in 5 southern African nations to fund AIDS research trials.
    (WSJ, 5/6/99, p.A1)
1999        May 6, Scientists reported that the salmonella bacteria becomes disabled when stripped of a gene that produces the DNA adenine methylase (Dam). The research was seen as a potent new source for vaccines.
    (SFC, 5/7/99, p.A1,17)
1999        May 6, The storm in Oklahoma that killed 41 people moved on to Tennessee and took killed 4 people.
    (SFC, 5/7/99, p.A3)
1999        May 6, In Iraq the new vacation-resort city of Saddamiat al-Tharthar opened 85 miles west of Baghdad. Nearly every brick was engraved with the initials of Saddam Hussein.
    (SFC, 5/12/99, p.C5)
1999        May 6, Russia joined NATO to back a framework for ending the conflict in Kosovo that included an international security presence to enforce peace.
    (SFC, 5/7/99, p.A1)
1999        May 6, Electricity was restored in Belgrade as NATO air strikes continued in Yugoslavia. A main railroad bridge was destroyed near the Romanian border and oil depots in Nis were hit.
    (SFC, 5/7/99, p.A15)   
1999        May 6, In Scotland elections for the 129-member Edinburgh parliament were scheduled. Its powers would include control over taxes, health, transport, education, legal affairs, sports and the arts. Reversing decades of overwhelming loyalty to Britain's governing Labor Party, Scottish and Welsh voters elected strong nationalist oppositions to their first separate assemblies of modern times. The Scottish National Party won 56 of 129 seats, the Liberal Democrats won 17 and the Conservatives won 18.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A28)(SFC, 5/8/99, p.A10)(AP, 5/6/00)
1999        Apr 6, In Wales the 2.2 million voters were to elect a 60-member assembly. It would be responsible for distributing a $13 million grant from London. Labor took 28 of 60 seats, the nationalist Plaid Cymru took 17, the Conservatives got 9 and the Liberal Democrats got 6.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A28)(SFC, 5/8/99, p.A10)

2000        May 6, The 1st geocaching cache was found hidden outside Portland, Oregon, by Mike Teague. [see May 3] 
    (WSJ, 3/19/02, p.A20)
2000        May 6, Fusaichi Pegasus won the 126th Kentucky Derby. He was the first favorite to win the Kentucky Derby since “Spectacular Bid" in 1979.
    (SFEC, 5/7/00, p.D1)(AP, 5/6/01)
2000        May 6, Jack Mazzan, who’d spent 20 years on death row for the murder of a judge’s son, was released on bail, three months after the Nevada Supreme Court reversed his conviction. Before he could be tried again, Mazzan pleaded guilty to killing Richard Minor Jr. and received a life sentence; Mazzan has since sought parole, unsuccessfully.
    (AP, 5/6/05)
2000        May 6, It was reported that Jin Wenchao, a former soldier and head of a Chinese construction firm involved in the Three Gorges dam project, had disappeared with over $120 million.
    (SFC, 5/6/00, p.A12)
2000        May 6, In Sierra Leone rebels clashed with UN peacekeepers and advanced on Freetown. Rebel leader Foday Sankoh halted the rebel advance.
    (SFEC, 5/7/00, p.A1)(SFC, 5/8/00, p.A12)
2000        May 6, In Sudan Pres. Omar el-Bashir dismissed Hassan Turabi as the secretary-general of the ruling National Congress Party.
    (SFC, 5/8/00, p.A13)

2001        May 6, An anonymous donor pledged $100 million to Johns Hopkins Univ. to develop a vaccine and new drugs for malaria.
    (WSJ, 5/7/01, p.A1)
2001        May 6, American businessman Dennis Tito ended the world's first paid space vacation as he returned to Earth aboard a Russian capsule.
    (AP, 5/6/02)
2001        May 6, SF held the grand opening of the Presidio Crissy Field Park. It had once served as a dump site for the Presidio.
    (SFC, 5/3/01, p.G1)(SFC, 10/2/13, p.D5)
2001        May 6, In Sari, Iran, the Mottaqi stadium grandstand collapsed and killed several people with hundreds injured.
    (WSJ, 5/7/01, p.A1)
2001        May 6, Macedonian forces lobbed shells into villages seized by ethnic Albanian rebels.
    (SFC, 5/7/01, p.C1)
2001        May 6, In the Philippines Pres. Arroyo lifted the “state of rebellion" order.
    (SFC, 5/7/01, p.C1)
2001        May 6, In Spain Manuel Gimenez Abad (52), a politician of the ruling Popular Party, was shot to death in Zaragoza.
    (SFC, 5/7/01, p.C3)
2001        May 6, In Syria Pope John Paul II prayed in the Great Umayyad Mosque, the 1st time a pontiff ever visited and prayed in a Muslim house of worship. He called for brotherhood between Christians and Muslims.
    (SFC, 5/7/01, p.A1)(AP, 5/6/02)

2002        May 6, It was reported that the Bush administration planned to annul the 1998 US signature on the Rome Statute, a treaty for creating an int'l. war-crimes tribunal.
    (WSJ, 5/6/02, p.A1,4)
2002        May 6, Federal regulators released documents that showed Enron Corp. had manipulated the California power system to increase profits.
    (WSJ, 5/7/02, p.A1)
2002        May 6, Two mailbox pipe bombs were found in Colorado and another one in Nebraska.
    (SFC, 5/7/02, p.A3)
2002        May 6, Otis Blackwell (70), songwriter, died in Nashville. His 1950s songs included “Don't Be Cruel," “All Shook Up," “Return to Sender," and “Great Balls of Fire."
    (SFC, 5/10/02, p.A31)
2002        May 6, In Afghanistan the CIA fired a missile from a Predator in an attempt to kill Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, head of Hezb-e-Islami, and his top aides outside Kabul.
    (SFC, 5/10/02, p.A22)
2002        May 6, French Pres. Chirac appointed Jean-Pierre Raffarin (center right) as PM.
    (SFC, 5/7/02, p.A12)(Econ, 2/12/05, p.50)
2002        May 6, Jose Luis Nieto (56) raced his pickup into a crowd of toddlers in Ecatepec, near Mexico City, and killed 2 children aged 2 and 3. A daily school ceremony had blocked access to his house.
    (SFC, 5/7/02, p.A12)
2002        May 6, Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was freed after 19 months of house arrest.
    (AP, 5/6/03)
2002        May 6, In Nepal the government reported that army air strikes had killed an additional 200 rebels in the remote districts of Rolpa and Pyuthan.
    (SFC, 5/7/02, p.A11)
2002        May 6, In the Netherlands Pim Fortuyn (54), a right-wing populist with an anti-immigrant platform, was shot to death in Hilversum. Volkert van der Graaf (32), an environmental activist, was arrested May 7 for the murder. He was later sentenced to 18 years in prison.
    (SFC, 5/7/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/7/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/8/02, p.A17)(AP, 5/6/03)
2002        May 6, Daan Goosen, South Africa scientist, passed a vial of genetically engineered bacteria to a retired US CIA officer and offered an entire collection of pathogens developed in SA bio-weapons research for $5 million and immigrations permits for 19 associates and family members. The deal collapsed.
    (SSFC, 4/20/03, p.A16)
2002        May 6, Zimbabwe arrested an 8th journalist under its harsh new press law.
    (WSJ, 5/7/02, p.A1)

2003        May 6, President Bush lifted Clinton-era sanctions (1993-1998) against Angola's UNITA rebels, citing the end of a quarter-century of civil war.
    (AP, 5/7/03)
2003        May 6, White House budget chief Mitchell Daniels announced his resignation.
    (AP, 5/6/04)
2003        May 6, Florida Senator Bob Graham launched his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination by accusing President Bush of retreating from the war on terrorism to "settle old scores" between the Bush family and Iraq's Saddam Hussein.
    (AP, 5/6/04)
2003        May 6, Kmart Corporation emerged from bankruptcy after more than 15 months of Chapter 11 protection.
    (AP, 5/6/04)
2003        May 6, Six Algerian soldiers were killed when suspected Islamic fighters bombed their vehicle and sprayed the survivors with gunfire.
    (AP, 5/7/03)
2003        May 6, In northeastern India suspected separatist guerrillas killed 19 Bengali settlers in Tripura state.
    (AP, 5/6/03)
2003        May 6, Ghazi Hammud, Baath regional chairman in the Kut district, was put in custody. He is No. 32 on Central Command's list of the 55 most-wanted members of Saddam's regime.
    (AP, 5/7/03)
2003        May 6, The Liberian government announced that Sam Bockerie (39), a guerrilla RUF leader, was killed in a shootout with Liberian soldiers.
    (SFC, 5/7/03, p.A1)
2003        May 6, Saudi authorities seized a weapons cache and foiled plans by suspected terrorists. At least 19 men were sought.
    (SFC, 5/8/03, p.A1)
2003        May 6, It was reported that AIDS in Zambia had cut the average life expectancy to 33 years from 44 a decade ago. One in 5 adults was reported to have HIV.
    (WSJ, 5/6/03, p.A1)

2004        May 6, An estimated 51.1 million people tuned in for the final first-run episode of "Friends" on NBC.
    (AP, 5/6/05)
2004        May 6, Pres. Bush told King Abdullah II of Jordan that he was sorry for the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners by US guards.
    (SFC, 5/7/0, p.A1)
2004        May 6, The US FBI, using fingerprint evidence, arrested Oregon lawyer Brandon Mayfield as part of the investigation into the Madrid, Spain, train bombings. The bureau later said Mayfield's arrest had been a mistake, and apologized. In 2006 the US government agreed to pay Mayfield $2 million to settle a lawsuit.
    (AP, 5/6/05)(SFC, 11/30/06, p.A7)
2004        May 6, Lea Fastow, wife of former Enron finance chief Andrew Fastow, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to one year in prison.
    (SFC, 5/7/04, p.C3)
2004        May 6, An audio recording attributed to Osama bin Laden offered rewards in gold for the killing of top U.S. and U.N. officials in Iraq or of the citizens of any nation fighting there.
    (AP, 5/7/04)
2004        May 6, The Bank of England raised interest rates a quarter point to 4.25%.
    (Econ, 5/8/04, p.53)
2004        May 6, The leader of the breakaway region of Adzharia fled after street protests, and Georgia's president flew into the restive province, vowing to pursue the integration of two other separatist regions.
    (AP, 5/6/04)
2004        May 6, A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb outside the so-called Green Zone that houses the U.S. headquarters in Baghdad, killing five Iraqi civilians and a U.S. soldier. U.S. soldiers backed by tanks and armored fighting vehicles seized control of the governor's office from Shiite militiamen in the city of Najaf. As many as 41 Iraqis were killed in Najaf.
    (AP, 5/6/04)(SFC, 5/7/04, p.A17)
2004        May 6, A Libyan court sentenced five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death on charges they intentionally infected some 393 children with the AIDS virus as part of an experiment to find a cure. 9 Libyan health workers were acquitted. Under Libyan law, death sentences generate an automatic 60-day  period for appeal.
    (AP, 5/6/04)(SSFC, 6/6/04, E3)
2004        May 6, A Mexican court sentenced eight drug-gang members to 40 years each in prison for their roles in the 1993 shooting of Cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo and 6 others at a Guadalajara airport.
    (AP, 5/7/04)
2004        May 6, In Nigeria lawmakers in the mostly Islamic Kano state approved a law calling for Muslims to be whipped and Christians to be jailed if they are caught drinking alcohol.
    (AP, 5/8/04)
2004        May 6, Hundreds of Rwandan rebels attacked Kingi village in volatile eastern Congo, sparking a two-hour battle in which at least five Congolese soldiers and insurgents were killed.
    (AP, 5/7/04)

2005        May 6, President Bush arrived in Riga, Latvia, as he opened a fast-paced, four-country journey to mark the 60th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany.
    (AP, 5/6/06)
2005        May 6, Joe Grant (96), pioneering Disney artist/storyman, died. He was co-story director on "Fantasia," co-writer of "Dumbo" and designer of the witch/queen character in "Snow White." Grant remained vital and active at Disney feature animation until his death.
2005        May 6, In Bahrain about 5,000 citizens jammed a main road in the capital, waving red and white Bahraini flags in the 2nd rally for constitutional reforms in a month.
    (AP, 5/7/05)
2005        May 6, British Prime Minister Tony Blair unveiled his Cabinet, changing leadership in defense and health but keeping mostly familiar faces after a third term victory dampened by a reduced majority in Parliament.
    (AP, 5/6/06)
2005        May 6, Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom Hashoah). In 1951 Israel’s Parliament set the day of commemoration for the 27th of Nissan, a few days after the end of Passover.
    (WSJ, 5/6/05, p.W11)
2005        May 6, An Indian federal probe into disappearing tigers in a state-protected reserve has found the entire population of big cats has been wiped out by poachers. "The special investigation team in its preliminary assessment report has indicated that there was no evidence to prove the presence of tigers in Sariska (national park)."
    (AP, 5/6/05)
2005        May 6, Arab television station al-Jazeera said militants holding an Australian engineer hostage have issued a 72-hour ultimatum for Australia to start pulling troops out of Iraq.
    (AP, 5/6/05)
2005        May 6, Insurgent car bombs struck a market in Suwayrah killing 17 civilians, and a police bus in Tikrit, killing at least 8 policemen.
    (AP, 5/6/05)
2005        May 6, At least a dozen bodies were found buried at a garbage dump on the outskirts of Baghdad, some of them blindfolded and shot in the head.
    (AP, 5/6/05)
2005        May 6, In Lebanon an explosion ravaged a shopping area and set off a fire near a Christian religious radio station in the port city of Jounieh north of Beirut.
    (AP, 5/7/05)
2005        May 6, In southwestern Nepal unidentified gunmen fatally shot Narayan Pokhrel, the chief of the World Hindu Council's Nepal chapter, while he was touring villages.
    (AP, 5/6/05)
2005        May 6, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' ruling Fatah movement narrowly fended off a strong challenge by Hamas to win local elections, but the Islamic militant group captured the 3 biggest races in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, establishing itself as a major political force.
    (AP, 5/6/05)
2005        May 6, Romania's foreign minister said his government would keep its troops in Iraq supporting postwar operations despite the kidnapping of three Romanian journalists.
    (AP, 5/6/05)
2005        May 6, The UN Sec. Gen. appointed Alvaro de Soto as the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. De Soto resigned in May, 2007.

2006        May 6, Vice President Dick Cheney met with President Stipe Mesic of Croatia, the final stop of a three-nation tour dominated by the issue of political reform in countries making the post-Cold War transition toward democracy.
    (AP, 5/6/06)
2006        May 6, Barbaro won the Kentucky Derby.
    (AP, 5/6/07)
2006        May 6, Lillian Gertrud Asplund (99), the last American survivor of the sinking of the Titanic, died in Shrewsbury, Mass.
    (AP, 5/6/07)
2006        May 6, Chen Li (b.1929), a Chinese journalist and former editor-in-chief of China Daily, the communist government's main English-language newspaper, died in Beijing.
    (AP, 5/8/06)
2006        May 6, Gen. Frantisek Perina (b.1911), a Czech WWII fighter ace who fought against Nazi Germany in the French and British air forces died in Prague.
    (AP, 5/6/06)
2006        May 6, In Athens, Greece, some 30,000 people marched in an anti-war and anti-globalization demonstration that also saw anarchist attacks on banks, shops and police vehicles. The march was organized by the European Social Forum, which was holding a four-day meeting on the outskirts of Athens.
    (AP, 5/6/06)
2006        May 6, At least seven people, including three Iraqi army officers and two children, were killed and seven others kidnapped in a series of rebel attacks across Iraq.
    (AP, 5/6/06)
2006        May 6, A chemical weapons expert for a major Islamic extremist group was killed by security forces in Baghdad. Ali Wali, a member of Ansar al-Islam, died during a raid on a suspected militant safe house in the western Baghdad neighborhood of Mansour.
    (AP, 5/8/06)
2006        May 6, A British military helicopter crashed in Basra and the 5 people were killed. Flight Lieutenant Sarah Mulvihill died in the crash in the southern city of Basra along with Wing Commander John Coxen, Lieutenant Commander Darren Chapman, Lieutenant David Dobson and Marine Paul Collins. Iraqis hurled stones at British troops and set fire to at least one armored vehicle that rushed to the scene. Four Iraqi adults and a child were reported killed during in the melee when Shiite gunmen exchanged fire with British soldiers. 2 insurgents were killed in Tikrit while they were planting a roadside bomb.
    (AP, 5/6/06)(AP, 5/7/06)(AFP, 5/8/06)
2006        May 6, Teachers at five schools in the West Bank city of Hebron went on strike, demanding their overdue paychecks in the first sign of unrest by public employees. Hundreds of government workers, most of them supporters of Abbas' moderate Fatah faction, also protested in the West Bank city of Nablus.
    (AP, 5/6/06)
2006        May 6, Singaporeans voted in legislative elections. The ruling party won a landslide victory in parliamentary elections. It has won every general election held in the island nation since it became independent in 1965.
    (AP, 5/6/06)
2006        May 6, A local rights group said Zimbabwe state security agents have stepped up the use of torture against government opponents, with 19 cases reported in March compared with three during the previous two months.
    (Reuters, 5/6/06)

2007        May 6, Carey Bell, Mississippi-born blues harmonica player, died in Chicago.
    (SFC, 5/8/07, p.B5)
2007        May 6, In eastern Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed 5 police and wounded two others, while a clash in the west left eight police and at least four suspected militants dead. An Afghan soldier shot and killed two US troops and wounded 2 others outside Pul-e-Charkhi prison. The next day Defense Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi said the Afghan soldier was mentally ill. A bus crashed in northern Afghanistan, sparking a fire that left nine people dead and 25 injured.
    (AP, 5/6/07)(AP, 5/7/07)
2007        May 6, In Brazil Eneas Carneiro (68), a three-time presidential candidate who was later elected to Congress with the largest number of votes ever received by a Brazilian lawmaker, died of leukemia.
    (AP, 5/7/07)
2007        May 6, Britain’s Home Secretary John Reid announced that he would resign from the government within weeks, just as Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown is likely to take over from Tony Blair as prime minister.
    (AP, 5/6/07)
2007        May 6, Lord Weatherill (86), the last speaker to wear the traditional shoulder-length wig, died. He had ushered Britain's House of Commons into the television age.
    (AP, 5/8/07)
2007        May 6, In Egypt a plane carrying foreign peacekeepers across the Sinai desert crashed near a stretch of highway where it had tried to make an emergency landing, killing eight French soldiers and a Canadian.
    (AP, 5/6/07)
2007        May 6, French voters turned out in force in a presidential election offering divergent choices for the future, with conservative front-runner Nicolas Sarkozy urging the French to work more and Socialist Segolene Royal pledging to safeguard welfare protections. Nicolas Sarkozy (52), a US-friendly conservative and an immigrant's son, defeated Socialist Segolene Royal by 53% to 47% with about 85% voter turnout.
    (AP, 5/6/07)(AP, 5/7/07)
2007        May 6, A car bomb ripped through a wholesale food market in western Baghdad, flattening cars and shops and killing at least 30 people in the deadliest of a wave of attacks across Iraq that killed at least 95 people. A car bomb near the Ministry of Labor in Baghdad killed five people and wounded 10. Insurgents exploded another car bomb outside a police station in the Sunni town of Samarra, killing 12 officers and disabling the city’s water system. A few minutes later, militants in the town attacked a police checkpoint near the Askariya shrine, killing another police officer. US and Iraqi forces raided the Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City, uncovering a weapons cache, a torture room and killing at least eight insurgents in a gunbattle. In Diyala 6 US soldiers and a Russian photojournalist were killed when a massive bomb destroyed their vehicle. Two American soldiers died in separate bombings in Baghdad.
    (AP, 5/6/07)(AP, 5/7/07)(SFC, 5/7/07, p.A16)(SFC, 5/11/07, p.A18)
2007        May 6, Two Israeli human rights groups charged in a report that Israel's Shin Bet security service uses torture in its interrogation of Palestinian prisoners, violating a 1999 court ruling outlawing such practices.
    (AP, 5/6/07)
2007        May 6, Italian news said a Vatican court for the first time has issued a drug conviction, giving a former employee of the Holy See a four-month suspended sentence for cocaine use.
    (AP, 5/6/07)
2007        May 6, Japan pledged $100 million in grants to the Asian Development Bank to combat global warming and promote greener investment in the region and called for a stronger international agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
    (AP, 5/6/07)
2007        May 6, More than 18,000 people stripped down and bared it all in Mexico City's vast main square for US photographer Spencer Tunick's biggest nude shoot yet.
    (AP, 5/6/07)
2007        May 6, Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, Pakistan's sacked top judge, declared the "era of dictatorship is over" to cheers from tens of thousands as he took his battle with President Pervez Musharraf to the eastern city of Lahore. In northwestern Pakistan a passenger bus veered off a mountain road and fell about 600 feet into a ravine, killing 21 people and injuring seven others.
    (AFP, 5/6/07)(AP, 5/7/07)
2007        May 6, In Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region Islamic militants began confiscating music cassettes from public buses and ordering shops to only sell CDs promoting jihad in the latest push to Talibanize the lawless frontier region.
    (AP, 5/8/07)
2007        May 6, Palestinian militants opened fire near a children's festival at a UN-operated elementary school in the southern Gaza Strip, killing a bodyguard of a local Fatah leader and wounding seven other people. Palestinian militants shot and seriously injured an Israeli motorist who was driving west of the West Bank city of Ramallah.
    (AP, 5/6/07)
2007        May 6, In South Africa Helen Zille, mayor of Cape Town, was elected as leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA).
    (Econ, 5/12/07, p.51)
2007        May 6, Spain's Supreme Court barred hundreds of Basque separatist candidates from running in regional elections later this month because of links to an outlawed party closely tied to armed group ETA.
    (AP, 5/6/07)
2007        May 6, In eastern Sri Lanka a landmine detonated by Tamil Tigers killed three police commandos, while seven suspected rebels died elsewhere in the embattled region.
    (AP, 5/6/07)
2007        May 6, Frank Hsieh, former prime minister of Taiwan, won the ballot of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), as candidate for next year’s presidential elections. Hsieh favored better relations with China.
    (Econ, 5/12/07, p.44)
2007        May 6, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul withdrew his candidacy for presidential elections after Parliament failed for the second time to vote him into office.
    (AP, 5/6/07)

2008        May 6, Sen. Barack Obama climbed within 200 delegates of clinching the Democratic presidential nomination. In the Indiana primary Clinton won 51% to 49%. In North Carolina Obama won 56% to 42%.
    (AP, 5/7/08)(SFC, 5/7/08, p.A1)
2008        May 6, In New Mexico Wayne Bent (66), the leader of an apocalyptic sect, was arrested and charged with felony sex crimes against children.
    (SFC, 5/7/08, p.A4)
2008        May 6, In California the Vallejo City Council voted to declare bankruptcy after talks with public employee unions failed to address a $16 million shortfall.
    (SFC, 5/7/08, p.B1)
2008        May 6, The California Community College system announced a $50 million gift from the Bernard Osher Foundation.
    (SFC, 5/7/08, p.B1)
2008        May 6, In Georgia William Earl Lynd (53) was executed for the murder of his live-in girlfriend. He was the first inmate executed since the Supreme Court upheld lethal injections on April 16.
    (SFC, 5/7/08, p.A2)
2008        May 6, In Afghanistan a Canadian soldier was killed and another was wounded in a gun battle with insurgents near Kandahar city.
    (AFP, 5/7/08)
2008        May 6, Canadian researchers reported that suicide victims who were abused as children have clear genetic changes in their brains in a finding they said shows neglect can cause biological effects.
    (Reuters, 5/6/08)
2008        May 6, Chile’s Chaiten volcano spewed lava and blasted ash more than 12 miles into the sky, prompting a total evacuation of the provincial capital and other settlements.
    (AP, 5/6/08)
2008        May 6, Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Tokyo for a feel-good visit that will use ping pong and pandas to take the edge off more contentious problems like border disputes, historical animosity and concerns over China's rule in Tibet.
    (AP, 5/6/08)
2008        May 6, Djibouti, a key US ally in the Horn of Africa, urged the UN Security Council to take immediate action to prevent a conflict with its northern neighbor Eritrea.
    (AP, 5/6/08)
2008        May 6, Egyptian border police fatally shot a Nigerian man who was trying to cross illegally into Israel. Guards also shot three Sudanese men and one woman who were also trying to sneak into Israel.
    (AP, 5/6/08)
2008        May 6, Officials in Indonesia said at least 13 illegal gold miners were killed in a landslide in remote Papua province.
    (AP, 5/6/08)
2008        May 6, At least four civilians were killed overnight in the Baghdad Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City. The US military announced that about 3,500 American soldiers are scheduled to leave Iraq in the coming weeks. US Hellfire missiles killed 3 militants planting a roadside bomb in the Shiite neighborhood of New Baghdad.
    (AP, 5/6/08)(SFC, 5/7/08, p.A3)
2008        May 6, In Italy the data-protection authority ruled that releasing tax returns into cyberspace was illicit. Tax authorities had recently put all 38.5 million tax returns for 2005 up on the internet. A measure authorizing the released had been signed on March 5, but not enacted until the defeat of the Prodi government.
    (Econ, 5/10/08, p.61)
2008        May 6, Kenya froze the assets of businessman Felicien Kabuga, the most wanted suspect in Rwanda's genocide, saying it would stop him avoiding capture or helping other fugitives. The US government has offered a $5 million bounty for Kabuga's capture.
    (Reuters, 5/6/08)(AP, 9/23/09)
2008        May 6, Lebanon’s government declared Hezbollah’s military telecommunications network illegal and said it was a threat to state security. The cabinet removed Beirut airport’s security chief over alleged ties to Hezbollah.
    (WSJ, 5/7/08, p.A1)(AP, 5/8/08)
2008        May 6, In northern and central Mali attacks by Tuareg rebels on several army posts left one person dead.
    (AFP, 5/6/08)
2008        May 6, Mauritania’s President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi said in a statement he had named economist Yahya Ould Ahmed Waqef (50) as prime minister.
    (AP, 5/7/08)
2008        May 6, Myanmar's junta decided to postpone voting on a new constitution in areas hardest-hit by a devastating cyclone as the death toll soared above 22,500.
    (AP, 5/6/08)
2008        May 6, Niger Delta rebels said that former US President Jimmy Carter had agreed to act as a mediator if invited by Nigeria's government, and the group promised to declare a ceasefire if talks went ahead.
    (Reuters, 5/6/08)
2008        May 6, In northwest Pakistan a suicide bomber riding a rickshaw attacked a police checkpoint and gunmen fired on officers guarding a bank, killing five people and testing the new government's fledgling peace process.
    (AP, 5/6/08)
2008        May 6, Russia and the US signed a long awaited civilian nuclear cooperation pact that will allow firms from the world's two biggest atomic powers to expand bilateral nuclear trade.
    (AP, 5/6/08)
2008        May 6, In Somalia hundreds of youths in Mogadishu lobbed stones at shops and cars and set tires ablaze in a second day of violence over soaring food prices. Amnesty Int’l. accused Ethiopian troops in Somalia of killing civilians and committing atrocities, including slitting people's throats, gouging out eyes and gang-raping women.
    (AP, 5/6/08)
2008        May 6, Swiss bank UBS, hard hit by the US subprime crisis, reported a first-quarter loss of $10.97 billion and said it will slash almost 7 percent of its work force.
    (AP, 5/6/08)
2008        May 6, Two senior Taiwanese officials resigned over the loss of millions of dollars in a failed attempt to persuade Papua New Guinea to officially recognize Taiwan.
    (AP, 5/6/08)

2009        May 6, Maine's Gov. John Baldacci signed a freshly passed bill approving gay marriage, making it the fifth state to approve the practice and moving New England closer to allowing it throughout the region.
    (AP, 5/6/09)
2009        May 6, In California a wildfire surged into Santa Barbara forcing at least 8,000 residents to evacuate.
    (SFC, 5/7/09, p.B6)
2009        May 6, New H1N1 flu cases across Europe and a second US death kept health officials on alert despite signs Mexico's epidemic had passed its peak. Mexican health officials said that testing of backlogged cases has increased the confirmed swine flu death toll from 31 to 42, including three new deaths in the past two days.
    (Reuters, 5/6/09)(AP, 5/6/09)
2009        May 6, Virginia police found former NASCAR driver Kevin Grubb (31) dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Grubb was suspended from NASCAR indefinitely in 2006 because he refused to submit to a random drug test following the Busch Series race at Richmond International Raceway.
    (AP, 5/7/09)
2009        May 6, US scientists in the Jason submersible from Woods Hole, Mass., filmed the West Mata undersea volcano between Samoa and Fiji. The summit of the volcano now reached some 4,000 feet from the sea floor and was still some 4,000 feet below the ocean’s surface.
    (SFC, 12/18/09, p.A14)(
2009        May 6, Ben Southall (34), a bungee jumping, ostrich-riding British charity worker was named the winner of what's been dubbed the "Best Job in the World," a 150,000 Australian dollar ($111,000) contract to serve as the caretaker of Australia’s tropical Hamilton Island. He beat out nearly 35,000 applicants from around the world for assignment to swim, explore and relax in the Great Barrier Reef for six months while writing a blog to promote the area.
    (AP, 5/6/09)
2009        May 6, Bangladesh Home Minister Sahara Khatun said the UAE has given the government nearly $1.44 million to distribute among 879 Bangladeshi children who worked as jockeys at camel races after it was banned in 1993. The law was openly flouted until authorities reached an agreement in 2005 with UNICEF to help repatriate and rehabilitate child jockeys, who were mostly taken from poorer Muslim nations such as Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sudan.
    (AP, 5/6/09)
2009        May 6, Brazilian officials said at least 29 people have been killed by floods and mudslides in northern Brazil as authorities struggled to rush aid to dozens of small cities cut off from civilization by overflowing rivers in the Amazon region.
    (AP, 5/6/09)
2009        May 6, Canada and the EU signed an "open skies" pact under which airlines from the two trading partners will be able to fly freely between any airport in the 27-country EU and any in Canada.
    (Reuters, 5/6/09)
2009        May 6, In Iraq a car bomb exploded at the entrance to a fruit and vegetable market in south Baghdad, killing 15 people and wounding about 40. Hours later, another car bomb exploded in the capital's Karradah district, killing two people and wounding six.
    (AP, 5/6/09)
2009        May 6, Malaysian officials said 2 political activists have been arrested ahead of a parliamentary showdown between the government and the opposition over control of northern Perak state.
    (AFP, 5/6/09)
2009        May 6, NATO launched military exercises in former Soviet Georgia after heavy criticism from neighboring Russia and a brief mutiny in the Georgian military.
    (AP, 5/6/09)
2009        May 6, In Nepal police clashed with protesting Maoists, who vowed to prevent a new government from being formed unless the president supports the firing of the country's army chief. The key dispute has thrown the Himalayan country into crisis.
    (AP, 5/6/09)
2009        May 6, Pakistani helicopter gunships and ground troops attacked the Taliban in the Swat valley. Pakistan said it killed more than 80 militants in heavy bombardments in an upsurge of fighting that has caused tens of thousands to flee and threatened to torpedo a northwest peace deal. There were also reports of civilian casualties in fighting in Swat.
    (AFP, 5/6/09)(AP, 5/7/09)(Econ, 5/9/09, p.45)
2009        May 6, Russia said it is expelling two Moscow-based NATO employees who are Canadian diplomats in retaliation for NATO's recent expulsion of two Russian envoys from its headquarters in Belgium.
    (AP, 5/6/09)
2009        May 6, In Russia retired Gen. Valentin Varennikov (85), a hawkish World War II veteran who directed the Soviet war in Afghanistan, died. He had joined the rebellion against Mikhail Gorbachev that sped the collapse of the Soviet Union.
    (AP, 5/6/09)
2009        May 6, Spanish authorities said they have arrested 29 people suspected of forging credit cards to finance an elaborate scheme to smuggle Cubans into the US from Mexico.
    (AP, 5/6/09)
2009        May 6, South Africa's parliament has elected Jacob Zuma as the country's president. Zuma won 277 votes in the 400 member National Assembly. Zuma's African National Congress won elections last month with 65.9% of the vote. He is due to be inaugurated on May 9.
    (AP, 5/6/09)
2009        May 6, Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels said intense fighting in the war zone was killing and wounding hundreds of civilians a day and asked for the UN to push for urgent food shipments to avert a hunger crisis.
    (AP, 5/6/09)
2009        May 6, Senior Sudanese aid official Hassabo Mohammed Abdelrahman said that Khartoum was ready to allow foreign aid groups to operate in Darfur but ruled out the return of the 13 aid agencies kicked out in March.
    (AFP, 5/7/09)
2009        May 6, Venezuelan prosecutors filed embezzlement and other charges against a former Caracas mayor who supports the government of President Hugo Chavez. Juan Barreto, mayor from 2004 to 2008, denied the allegations and vowed to clear his name in court.
    (AP, 5/6/09)
2009        May 6, In Zimbabwe a top rights activist and 14 others were ordered freed on bail after Zimbabwe's president and prime minister forced a judge to reverse her decision to send them back to the prison where they said they had been tortured. She refused, however, to free three others she had ordered returned to prison, saying their case was more serious because they had allegedly been found with explosives. The last 3 were released on May 13.
    (AP, 5/6/09)(AFP, 5/14/09)

2010        May 6, The US FCC announced a plan to classify the last mile of internet access as a telecommunications service.
    (Econ, 5/15/10, p.86)
2010        May 6, The Dow Jones fell nearly 1000 points in intraday trading, but recovered to close at 10,520.32, down 347.8. Unrest in Greece and a trading glitch were cited as causes. After 5 months regulators said the “flash crash" was sparked by a sloppily executed sell order of one mutual fund group when the market was already jittery over economic turmoil in Europe.
    (SFC, 5/7/10, p.A1)(Econ, 10/9/10, p.107)
2010        May 6, In Ramapo, NY, Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor (51) was charged with raping a 16-year-old runaway who police said was forced into prostitution by a man who had beaten her up. Third-degree rape is a charge levied when the victim is under the age of consent, which is 17 in New York.
    (AP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 6, SFJazz unveiled plans for the new 3-story, $60 million SF Jazz Center to rise at the corner of Fell and Franklin streets.
    (SFC, 5/6/10, p.A1)
2010        May 6, An E.coli outbreak, possibly linked to tainted lettuce, sickened at least 19 people in Ohio, New York and Michigan prompting a recall throughout much of the US. Freshway Food in Sidney, Ohio, said it was recalling lettuce sold in 23 states and Washington DC.
    (SFC, 5/7/10, p.A4)
2010        May 6, In California Joseph Mercado (27) shot and killed Serena Tarin, his ex-girlfriend, as well as her father and brother. 6 other family members escaped the rampage in Hawaiian Gardens, LA County. Mercado was arrested by police after a bullet grazed his head.
    (SFC, 5/7/10, p.C6)
2010        May 6, Afghan officials said the Taliban have ordered mobile phone operators to shut down their networks during the night in a northern Afghan province, a sign of the militants' increasing influence in a once peaceful area. A NATO service member was killed in a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan. Another died from a mortar or rocket attack in the east.
    (Reuters, 5/6/10)(AP, 5/6/10)(AP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 6, Julio Alberto Poch (57), a pilot who allegedly flew death flights for Argentina's military dictatorship, was extradited from Spain. Spain acted on Argentina's request, arresting him in front of his passengers and family during a stop in Valencia on what was supposed to be his final flight back to the Netherlands before retiring from Transavia.
    (AP, 5/6/10)
2010        May 6, Britain held national elections expected to deny all three major parties an outright majority, meaning the first so-called hung Parliament since 1974 is likely. David Cameron claimed the mantle of power after the Conservatives won the most seats in the election, though not enough to form a majority. Labour came in second, which for the first time since the 1970s produced no outright winner. Labour could still govern with the help of the Liberal Democrats.
    (AP, 5/6/10)(AP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 6, In China a tornado and strong winds swept through the southwest early in the day, killing at least 58 people and injuring nearly 200. The southwestern municipality of Chongqing was the worst hit after a tornado and gale-force winds killed 29 people. 10 were left dead in Hunan province and 6 dead in Guangdong province. Torrential rain in the eastern province of Jiangxi killed seven people. 6 people died in rain-triggered landslides in the southwestern province of Guizhou.
    (AP, 5/6/10)(AFP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 6, A Chinese media report said North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il told President Hu Jintao during his secretive trip to Beijing that he is ready to return to stalled nuclear disarmament negotiations.
    (AFP, 5/6/10)
2010        May 6, Wan Yanhai, a prominent Chinese AIDS activist, fled China for the United States with his wife and 4-year-old daughter to escape increasing government harassment of him and his organization. Wan, a former Health Ministry official, founded the Aizhixing Institute in 1994 to raise awareness and fight discrimination.
    (AP, 5/10/10)
2010        May 6, In southern Ethiopia attackers hurled a bomb at a political meeting in Adaba, killing two people and wounding 14 others just over two weeks before national elections. On May 20 Tadesse Haile was sentenced to death for throwing hand grenades into the packed stadium. He was also convicted on planting bombs close to a construction site on May 5.
    (AFP, 5/7/10)(AFP, 5/20/10)
2010        May 6, Israel declined to address the international pressure that's been mounting for it to join the nuclear nonproliferation treaty, saying only that its refusal to acknowledge or deny it possesses atomic weapons is a pillar of its military deterrence.
    (AP, 5/6/10)
2010        May 6, In Kashmir a fierce gunbattle between Muslim rebels and Indian security forces in the Indian-controlled portion killed six insurgents and two soldiers.
    (AP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 6, Myanmar leaders of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party said they would continue working as a social movement after a new election law forced its dissolution as a political party at midnight.
    (AP, 5/6/10)
2010        May 6, Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson crashed to a shock defeat in the general election after a sex and cash scandal involving his wife battered his reputation.
    (AFP, 5/7/10)
2010        May 6, Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan (52) was sworn as president of the oil-rich African nation riven by religious and political divisions, hours after the death of the incumbent Umaru Yar'Adua (58). Jonathan vowed that electoral reform and fighting graft would be top priorities.
    (Reuters, 5/6/10)   
2010        May 6, Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas accused Hamas of smuggling large amounts of weapons into the West Bank as part of the militant group's efforts to undermine his administration.
    (AP, 5/6/10)
2010        May 6, In Paraguay Jesus Ortiz, alleged EPP logistics coordinator, was captured.
    (Econ, 5/15/10, p.42)
2010        May 6, Russian forces freed a hijacked Russian oil tanker and rescued its crew in a helicopter-backed operation that killed a Somali pirate. Investigators said the 10 captured pirates, who seized the China-bound MV Moscow University in the Gulf of Aden, will be brought to Moscow for prosecution.
    (Reuters, 5/6/10)
2010        May 6, In southern Sudan government troops clashed with soldiers loyal to renegade General George Athor, leaving 53 dead and ending hopes of a negotiated end to his mini revolt.
    (Reuters, 5/7/10)
2010        May 6, A Taiwanese fishing boat, the Tai Yuan 227, was hijacked by pirates off the Somali coast who demanded a ransom for the crew.
    (AP, 5/8/10)
2010        May 6, Thailand's PM Abhisit Vejjajiva said he would dissolve Parliament in September, paving the way for new elections demanded by anti-government protesters if they end their crippling occupation of Bangkok's commercial district.
    (AP, 5/6/10)

2011        May 6, Afghan police killed 10 militants in a gun battle in eastern Paktika province.
    (AP, 5/6/11)
2011        May 6, In Algeria a bomb struck a military convoy on a highway linking Jijel to Constantine, killing five soldiers and injuring five others. Journalist, Ahmed Nezar, was shot dead in his hometown of Baghlia.
    (AFP, 5/7/11)(Reuters, 5/7/11)
2011        May 6, Australia's Defense Ministry announced it will slash 1,000 civilian jobs as part of a belt-tightening exercise to bring the national budget back into surplus.
    (AFP, 5/6/11)   
2011        May 6, Brazilian federal police confirmed that 16 suspected members of a Serbian gang were arrested between May1-5 across the country. The crackdown concluded a two-year operation that resulted in 35 arrests, the seizure of 1,370 pounds (620 kilograms) of cocaine and the equivalent of $1.2 million.
    (AP, 5/7/11)
2011        May 6, Brazil’s Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo launched a disarmament campaign hoping to take more than 1 million guns off the streets by the end of the year.
    (AP, 5/7/11)
2011        May 6, The EU agreed to place sanctions on Syrian officials next week as it tries to halt a government crackdown against protesters.
    (AP, 5/6/11)
2011        May 6, France ordered 14 diplomats loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to leave the country within 48 hours.
    (AP, 5/6/11)
2011        May 6, A Guinean government minister said at least 25 people have been killed and a mosque has been destroyed in fighting that took place earlier this week in Galapaye.
    (AP, 5/6/11)
2011        May 6, Nearly 800 Air India pilots demanding more pay ended their 10-day-old strike, which cost the state-run airline around 12 million rupees ($2.7 million) a day.
    (AP, 5/6/11)
2011        May 6, Commuters in Italy scrambled to find the few buses and subway trains running during a one-day general strike that also affected air and rail travel, banks, public offices and schools.
    (AP, 5/6/11)
2011        May 6, In Ivory Coast UN investigators headed to a soccer field in Yopougon believed to be the site of a new mass grave. 29 bodies were counted in the grave. A resident said that militants loyal to arrested strongman Laurent Gbagbo swept through the neighborhood amid celebrations over Gbagbo's April 11 arrest.
    (AP, 5/8/11)
2011        May 6, Japan's PM Naoto Kan ordered the suspension of operations at an ageing nuclear power plant southwest of Tokyo because it is located close to a dangerous tectonic faultline.
    (AP, 5/6/11)
2011        May 6, Kenyan authorities said they have seized the tusks of 58 elephants, totaling one ton of ivory, after sniffer dogs led investigators to containers at the country's main airport that were bound for Nigeria.
    (AP, 5/6/11)
2011        May 6, Moamer Kadhafi's regime reacted angrily to a NATO-led decision to provide funding to the three-month-old rebellion against his rule in Libya, describing as "piracy" plans to tap its assets frozen abroad.
    (AP, 5/6/11)
2011        May 6, A ship carrying up to 600 migrants trying to flee Libya sank off the coast of the North African country. At least three other boats that departed Libya in late March have disappeared, bringing to 800 the number of people believed to have perished at sea trying to reach European shores.
    (AP, 5/9/11)
2011        May 6, Mexico authorities said they recovered 11 more bodies at a series of mass grave pits in Durango, bringing the total number of bodies found in a monthlong search of the pits to at least 157. Cartel gunmen fired on a military convoy in Monterrey with a grenade launcher and hit a bus carrying employees of a US-owned assembly plant. One attacker was killed. Prosecutors said they have detained four local policemen, five Guatemalans and one Honduran in connection with mass kidnappings of migrants in the border city of Reynosa. Police captured Jose Zarco Cardenas (22) and an accomplice in Mexico City. He had recently begun heading drug operations in Morelos state for a gang that broke off from the Beltran Leyva cartel.
    (AP, 5/6/11)(SFC, 5/9/11, p.A2)
2011        May 6, In Nigeria polling opened in some parts of the state of Imo for a governorship election after irregularities marred a previous exercise. Attackers killed at least 16 people and set fire to more than a dozen houses in Tafawa Balewa, Bauchi state, a town that has been beset by years of sectarian violence.
    (AFP, 5/6/11)(Reuters, 5/7/11)
2011        May 6, In Pakistan a US drone attack targeted a vehicle and a compound in North Waziristan killing 16 people, including 10 Taliban militants. Hundreds of Pakistanis took to the streets in Abbottabad, Quetta, Multan and Peshawar cheering Osama bin Laden and shouting "death to America" to condemn a unilateral US raid on their soil that killed bin Laden. Assailants using rockets and guns attacked a group of people exercising at an open soccer field on the outskirts of Quetta, killing six of them and wounding 13.
    (AFP, 5/6/11)(AP, 5/6/11)(AP, 2/25/12)
2011        May 6, In Poland one miner and one rescuer were already confirmed dead after methane ignited some 2,700 feet (820 meters) underground at the Krupinski mine near Katowice. The body of a missing rescuer was found on May 12, bringing the death toll to 3.
    (AP, 5/12/11)
2011        May 6, Russia’s PM Vladimir Putin proposed creating a "broad popular front" ahead of Russia's parliamentary election, in an apparent attempt to counter growing public discontent with his political party and solidify support.
    (AP, 5/6/11)
2011        May 6, Spanish police searched for 22 African migrants missing in the Mediterranean Sea after a packed boat they were traveling in nearly sank.
    (AP, 5/6/11)
2011        May 6, Thousands of Syrians rallied on a "Day of Defiance" even as the regime of President Bashar al-Assad deployed tanks in at least three centers of an uprising against his autocratic rule. Security forces opened fire on protesters, killing at least 30 people, as thousands joined demonstrations across the country calling for an end to Assad's regime.
    (AFP, 5/6/11)(AP, 5/6/11)(AP, 5/7/11)
2011        May 6, In Togo 26 people died after their bus crashed. The victims were mainly merchants from Burkina Faso who were traveling to the Togolese capital for business.
    (AP, 5/6/11)
2011        May 6, In Venezuela authorities at a prison in western Tachira state found the bodies of eight inmates killed in what officials say is a conflict between rival gangs fighting for control of their cellblocks.
    (AP, 5/7/11)
2011        May 6, Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis flooded a boulevard on the western edge of the capital, releasing colorful balloons to press their demand for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down, while he denounced his opponents as "terrorists" in a speech to supporters nearby.
    (AP, 5/6/11)

2012        May 6, George Lindsey (83), TV actor, died in Nashville. He spent nearly 30 years as the grinning Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show" (1964-1968) and "Hee Haw" (1971-1993). He played a jovial service station attendant on "Mayberry RFD" (1968-1971).
    (AP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 6, Sky News Arabia, a joint venture between an Abu Dhabi royal and the British broadcaster BSkyB, launched a 24-hour Arabic-language news channel with a pledge to be impartial in a region where government influence over media is endemic.
    (Reuters, 5/8/12)
2012        May 6, In northern Afghanistan a flash flood swept through a village, killing 21 people, many of them members of a wedding party in Dhy Marda village in Sari Pul province. Floods overnight in two other districts in the province killed three people.
    (AFP, 5/7/12)
2012        May 6, In Afghanistan a soldier with NATO's US-led coalition was killed by a man in Afghan army uniform, in the latest so-called "green-on-blue" attack. The individual who opened fire was killed when coalition forces returned fire. ISAF announced that one coalition service member died in a roadside bomb attack in the east of the country. 4 gunmen took over a tall building in Paktika province and started shooting down into surrounding government compounds, wounding one civilian before security forces killed them.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)(AP, 5/10/12)
2012        May 6, Armenians voted for a new parliament. President Serge Sarkisian's party won a majority of seats in a parliamentary election that international observers said were competitive and peaceful. The Republican Party won at least 68 of the parliament's 131 seats.
    (AP, 5/6/12)(AP, 5/7/12)
2012        May 6, Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, isolated in a Beijing hospital, appealed for official help to leave the country after a US-brokered diplomatic solution paved the way for his departure. Chen has been offered a fellowship from New York University.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 6, In CongoDRC the March 23 Movement (M23) was created by army mutineers who were part of the former rebel National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP), a Congolese Tutsi force that Rwanda denied supporting when it was waging its insurgency. The M23 Tutsi leaders came from the same ethnic group as Rwanda’s Pres. Kagame.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)(Econ, 11/24/12, p.57)
2012        May 6, Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament approved a ban on the country's next president from sending civilians for trial by military tribunals, but preserving that power for the military itself.
    (AP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 6, France voted in a presidential run-off election. Socialist challenger Francois Hollande (51.62%) defeated incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy (48.38%) by capitalizing on public anger over the government's austerity policies. Sarkozy became the first French one-term president since Valery Giscard d'Estaing lost his re-election bid in 1981.
    (AP, 5/6/12)(AP, 5/7/12)
2012        May 6, Greeks cast ballots in their most critical election in decades. Greece voters let a far-right extremist group into Parliament and gave no party enough votes to govern alone. Conservative leader Antonis Samaras began trying to form a new coalition government. New Democracy came first with 18.85% and 108 of Parliament's 300 seats. The big winner was the anti-bailout Radical Left Coalition, or Syriza, whose unprecedented second place with 16.78% gave it 52 seats.
    (AP, 5/6/12)(AP, 5/7/12)
2012        May 6, It was reported that the US military has established 3 new forward bases in Honduras to interdict smugglers moving cocaine toward the US from South America.
    (SSFC, 5/6/12, p.A8)
2012        May 6, A tornado ripped through eastern Japan, killing a teenager, destroying dozens of homes and cutting power to around 20,000 households. Television footage from Tsukuba showed houses swept from their foundations, overturned cars in muddy debris and fallen concrete power poles.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 6, In Lebanon more than 1,000 people marched in Beirut calling for the establishment of a secular state in the country which is ruled by a system of power-sharing along religious lines.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 6, Malaysian clerics issued a fatwa against demonstrations.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 6, In northern Nigerian soldiers killed four suspected members of Boko Haram Islamist sect in a raid on their hideout in Kano. About a dozen suspected Islamists were arrested in the raid.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 6, In Pakistan Taliban militants killed 9 soldiers in an ambush in Miran Shah, North Waziristan. The army retaliated with helicopter gunships, which pounded suspected militant hideouts and also hit three houses and a mosque in the town, killing 3 civilians. The military raided two houses in Miran Shah, killing a militant commander and several of his colleagues.
    (AFP, 5/7/12)
2012        May 6, In Russia at least 20,000 opposition demonstrators marched through Moscow, shouting "enough lies," in a final show of protest before Vladimir Putin is inaugurated once again as president.
    (AP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 6, Serbs voted in a national election. The opposition Progressive Party won a narrow victory. A presidential runoff will be held on May 20 between pro-Western leader Boris Tadic, who won 26.7% of the vote, and nationalist Tomislav Nikolic, who had 25.5%. Nikolic's Progressives won 73 seats in the 250-member assembly, ahead of Tadic's Democrats, which took 68 seats. Ivica Dacic's Socialists won 45 seats.
    (AP, 5/6/12)(AP, 5/7/12)(SFC, 5/8/12, p.A2)
2012        May 6, In eastern Yemen al-Qaeda leader Fahd al-Quso, who was wanted in connection with the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, was killed along with 2 bodyguards in an air strike in Rafadh, Shabwa province.
    (AFP, 5/7/12)

2013        May 6, In New York 30 horses being taken to slaughter in Canada were burned alive when the tractor-trailer transporting them caught fire on an upstate highway.
    (Reuters, 5/7/13)
2013        May 6, In Cleveland 3 women, Amanda Berry (27), Gina DeJesus (23) and Michelle Knight (32), who went missing separately about a decade ago, when they were in their teens or early 20s, were found alive in a residential area just south of downtown. 3 brothers, Ariel Castro (52), Pedro (54) and Onil Castro (50) were arrested. On May 8 Ariel Castro was charged with kidnapping and rape of the 3 women. His two borthers were not charged. On July 26 Ariel Castro pleaded guilty to 937 counts in a deal to avoid the death penalty. 
    (AP, 5/7/13)(AP, 5/8/13)(SFC, 5/8/13, p.A10)(AP, 5/9/13)(SFC, 7/27/13, p.A6)
2013        May 6, The SEC issued a long report on the financial misdeeds of Harrisburg, Pa. The state capital has been bankrupt since 2011.
    (Econ, 5/11/13, p.80)
2013        May 6, US Air Force Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinsky (41), head of Air Force sexual assault prevention, was arrested on charges of groping a woman a day earlier in a suburban Virginia parking lot.
    (SFC, 5/8/13, p.A8)
2013        May 6, Argentina’s Pres. Cristina Fernandez ruled out any currency devaluation while she's president, and dismissed as election-year politics a brewing scandal over allegations of money laundering by businessmen close to her and her late husband Nestor Kirchner.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
2013        May 6, Bangladesh police banned all rallies in Dhaka for the rest of the day after at least 31 people died in clashes between police and large numbers of Islamic hardliners demanding that the government enact an anti-blasphemy law. The dead included police officers. The Awami League security crackdown on members of Hefajat-e-Islam, an extreme Islamist group, left as many as 50 people dead in Dhaka. Another 20 were reported killed in clashes in Narayanganj.
    (AP, 5/6/13)(SSFC, 5/12/13, p.A4)(Econ, 5/11/13, p.54)
2013        May 6, China’s Pres. Xi Jinping met with Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas in Beijing and urged dialogue in Middle East peace negotiations.
    (Econ, 5/11/13, p.52)
2013        May 6, Cuban spy Rene Gonzalez (56), who spent 13 years in a US prison, renounced his American citizenship, part of a deal that allows him to avoid returning to the US to serve out the remainder of his probation. He is one of the so-called "Cuban Five," intelligence agents convicted in 2001 of spying on US military installations in South Florida.
    (AP, 5/6/13)
2013        May 6, In Germany Hans Lipschis (93), deported from the US in 1983 for lying about his Nazi past, was taken into custody after authorities concluded there was "compelling evidence" he was involved in crimes at Auschwitz while there from 1941 to 1943. Lipschis was released in December after a court concluded he was suffering from dementia. On Feb 28 the Ellwangen state court said that because of “worsening dementia" he could not be tried.
    (AP, 5/6/13)(SFC, 12/7/13, p.A2)(SFC, 3/1/14, p.A2)
2013        May 6, In Iraq two car bombs blew up in a Baghdad suburb, killing 6 people in the deadlier of two attacks that left at least 10 dead. Attackers in a speeding car threw grenades at Sunni worshippers leaving al-Ihsan mosque in Baghdad's Mansour neighborhood, killing 7 and wounding 16.
    (AP, 5/6/13)
2013        May 6, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu met with his security Cabinet and then departed to China for a scheduled visit.
    (AP, 5/6/13)
2013        May 6, Giulio Andreotti (b.1919), Italy's former seven-time premier and a symbol of post-war Italy, died at his home in Rome.
    (AP, 5/6/13)
2013        May 6, Malaysia’s PM Najib Razak appeared before the media to somberly acknowledge that his coalition had won general elections for the 13th time in a row. However the National Front polled only 5.24 million votes to the opposition's 5.62 million votes.
    (AP, 5/6/13)
2013        May 6, In Nigeria two pilots were killed when their Alpha jet fighter went down 37 miles (60 km) west of Niamey.
    (AP, 5/6/13)
2013        May 6, In Pakistan an explosion ripped through a campaign rally of the Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam party, a leading Islamist party, killing 25 people and wounding about 70 in the northwest Kurram tribal region.
    (AP, 5/6/13)(AP, 5/7/13)
2013        May 6, In Russia about 20,000 protesters thronged Bolotnaya Square across from the Kremlin, a year after a protest at the same spot turned violent on the eve of President Vladimir Putin's inauguration.
    (AP, 5/7/13)
2013        May 6, In Syria regime warplanes pounded rebel positions inside the Mannagh air base as clashes between rebels and government forces raged on.
    (AP, 5/6/13)
2013        May 6, Yemeni tribal gunmen kidnapped two Egyptian technicians working in a cement factory in the south.
    (AP, 5/7/13)

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